Sol, live from South Africa, posits passport stamps as the basis for honor student battle-rap: "I'm all around the world, while you stuck up in your scene, punk!"
Sol is seeing the world and no doubt having a mind-expanding once-in-a-lifetime experience; however, this song furthers my feeling that Sol is growing into Seattle's own Talib Kweli—whether that's a good thing or not depends on your take. To me, it signifies a mostly-boring rapper that coasts on so-called "conscious" appeal and the ready patronage of the entry-level rap fan. To date, Sol's best appearance on "wax" remains the title track to DJ Nphared's Red October EP; I'd love to hear him come as correct again. I have to agree with the kid though: "rappin' isn't everything." Real life is what matters and I'm sure that's what he's tending to; he put what was shaping up to be a very promising year (after selling out shows and crushing iTunes charts like his big bro Macklemore) on hold to travel the world. "Sometime in April," he'll be back home from his Bonderman Travel Fellowship-sponsored world tour and will no doubt proceed to get right back on his grizzly as one of Seattle's next-up good-guy rap exports.